Rick Zimmerman

Rick S. Zimmerman, PhD

Associate Dean for
Research and Professor

221 Seton Hall
College of Nursing, South Campus

Email: zimmermanri@umsl.edu
Phone: 314-516-7685
Fax: 314-516-7082


  • BA, Sociology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wi

Selected Grants

  • Improving Effective Design and Targeting Of Substance Abuse Prevention Messages
    • Principal Investigator, NIDA (NIH), $553,220, 2013-2017
  • Preventing Violence Behavior among College Students
    • Co-principal investigator, US Dept. of Education, $285,567, 2007-2009
  • Targeting Mass Media Campaigns for HIV, STD, and Pregnancy Prevention
    • Principal Investigator, NIMH (NIH), $2,615,142, 2005-2011
  • Improving School Learning Environments in HIV Prevention
    • Co-Principal Investigator, $2,086,866, NINR (NIH), 2007-2011
  • School Based Alcohol and HIV Prevention in South Africa
    • Principal Investigator, $1,575,000, NIAAA (NIH), 2002-2007

 Selected Publications

  • Boyson, A., Zimmerman, R. S., & Shoemaker, S. (in press).  Exemplification of HAART & HIV/AIDS: A news experiment.  Health Communication.
  • Benotsch, E.G., Zimmerman, R.S., Cathers, L., McNulty, S., Pierce, J., Heck, T., Perrin, P., & Snipes, D.J. (2013). Non-medical use of prescription drugs, polysubstance use, and mental health in transgender adults.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 132, 391-394.
  • Mehrotra, P., Zimmerman, R., Noar, S., & Dumenci, L.  (2013). A test of an adapted Multiple Domain Model in predicting sexual behaviors among unmarried young adults in India.  Journal of Sex Research, 50(2), 116-127.
  • Atwood, K. A., Zimmerman, R. S., Cupp, P. K., Fongkawe, W., Miller, B. A., Byrnes, H. F., Chamratrithirong, Ap., Rhucharcenpompanich, O., Nonthathom, C., Rosati, M. J., & Warunee, C.  (2012).  Correlates of precoital behaviors, intentions, and sexual initiation among Thai adolescents.  The Journal of Early Adolescence, 32(3), 364-386.
  • Cupp, P.K., Zimmerman, R. S., Bhana, A., Feist-Price, S., Dekhtyar, O., Karnell, A., & Ramsoomar, L. (2008).  Combining and adapting American school-based alcohol and HIV prevention programs in South Africa:  The HAPS project.  Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 3(2), 134-142.
  • Zimmerman, R. S., Cupp, P. K., Donohew, R. L., Sionean, C., Feist-Price, S., & Helme, D. (2008).  Effects of a school-based, theory-driven HIV and pregnancy prevention curriculum.  Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 40(1): 42-51.
  • Zimmerman, R. S., Noar, S. Feist-Price, S., Dekhtyar, O., Cupp, P. K., Anderman, E., & Lock, S. (2007).  Longitudinal test of a Multiple Domain Model of adolescent condom use.  Journal of Sex Research, 44(4), 380-394.
  • Zimmerman, R. S., Palmgreen, P., Noar, S. M., Lustria, M. L. A., Lu, H. Y., & Horosewski, M. L. (2007). Effects of a televised two-city safer sex mass media campaign targeting high sensation-seeking and impulsive decision-making young adults. Health Education & Behavior, 34(5), 810-826.
  • Roberto, A. J., Zimmerman, R. S., Carlyle, K., Abner, E. L., Cupp, P. K., & Hansen, G. L. (2007). The effects of a computer-based HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention intervention: A nine-school trial. Health Communication, 21(2), 115-124.
  • Noar, S. M., & Zimmerman, R. S. (2005). Health behavior theory and cumulative knowledge regarding health behaviors: Are we moving in the right direction? Health Education Research: Theory & Practice, 20(3), 275-290.

 Selected Presentations

  • Zimmerman,  R. S., & Friedman, S.  (2011, August).  Efforts at Designing “Structural Interventions” for HIV Prevention Need More Input from Sociologists.  Roundtable presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Zimmerman, R. S., Palmgreen, P., Noar, S. M., Cupp, P. K., & Floyd, B. R. (2010, November). Developing, implementing, and evaluating a public service announcement (PSA) campaign to delay sexual activity in adolescents: The challenge and promise. Paper presented at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.
  • Zimmerman, R.S., Janssen, E., Girardelli, D., Kittel, J.A., Floyd, B., & Mehrotra, P. (2010, June). Arousing ourselves into risky sex: Effects of arousal on condom-related decision making. Paper presented at the  Society for the Scientific Study Sexuality annual meeting , Las Vegas, NV.
  • Zimmerman, R. S.  (2008, April).  What works in HIV prevention?  Invited talk to Vanderbilt University Center on Global Health, Nashville, TN.
  • Zimmerman, R. S., Cupp, P. K., Bhana, A., & Feist-Price, S.  (2007, July).  Explaining initiation of sexual activity in South Africa with the Multiple Domain Model.  Paper presented at AIDS Impact conference, Marseilles, France.

Other Scholarly Activites

  • Zimmerman, R. S., DiClemente, R., Andrus, J., & Hosein, E. (Eds.).  (in press).  Global Health promotion.  Washington, DC:  Jossey-Bass.
  • Albrecht, G., & Zimmerman, R. S., (Eds.).  1992.  Advances in medicalsSociology, Volume 3. AIDS: SociologicalpPerspectives.  Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Honors and Awards

  • Member, Data Safety and Monitoring Board, NIMH Multi-Site Study, “A Multilevel HIV Prevention Strategy for High-Risk Youth,” Daniel Romer, PI, 2004-2009
  • Standing member, Behavioral Science Prevention of HIV Study Section, NIH, 2003-2007
  • Researcher of the Year, College of Communications and Information Studies, University of Kentucky
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University, 1978


  • American Public Health Association
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Society for Prevention Research
  • American Academy of Health Behavior
  • Society for Public Health Education